We know, we know…. this piece of news will be like the sweetest sound to hit your ears, and yes, it is true. Haryana government finally realised the detriments of shutting bars and liquor shops as early as 12 am…. so, all you late night buzzers can move your late night soirees back to the nocturnal capital- Gurgaon!
Facing stiff competition from Delhi and UP, Haryana government changed its excise policy for 2020-21 allowing bar and liquor shops in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Panchkula to remain open till 3 am and will come into force on April 1….. a pretty neat jump from the current barrier of 12 am. The policy was released by Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala.
Though this extension comes at an additional cost….. of INR 10 lakh a year, the government has increased the regular closing time to 1 am without any extra cost. But considering the profits that the time stretch to 3am will attract, the bar owners will be seen grabbing the opportunity….. yes, our drinking comes expensive, people! Purely business.
Bars in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Panchkula will soon remain open till 1 am under Haryana’s new excise policy, which also makes beer and wine cheaper and reduces licence fees for hotels and restaurants serving liquor. Country made liquor, however, would be costlier in the state.
Delhi’s Aerocity had further heightened the competition with Gurgaon by virtue of Aerocity being in close proximity to the airport and with some bars within hotel premises, they could remain open till late.
The businesses in Gurgaon were taking a hack with licence fees shooting through the roof at a whopping 40 Lakhs, as compared to Delhi- INR 10 Lakhs. The licence fee of L-4 & L-5 in five-star hotels has been reduced from INR 45 lakh to INR 25 lakh per annum. Similarly, the licence fee of the bar in four-star hotels has been reduced from INR 38 lakh to INR 22.5 lakh.
And with duties on various categories of low alcoholic drink beer been reduced… and introduction of ‘Super mild beer’ to the city…. Gurgaon gets back its ‘city that never sleeps’ tag!
Der aaye, durust aaye….. let the party…. continue!